Easter fèis celebration is ‘fantastic success’

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Participants in this year’s Easter Fèis Latharna are getting younger.

For the first time, there were classes for children as young as three at the five-day Gaelic and music festival last week at Oban primary campus.

A total of 200 children and teenagers took part in the week-long celebration offering 17 different class options at four different levels from chanter to fiddle, pipes to whistle, accordion, art, Highland dance and shinty.

Piano classes introduced for the first time two years ago are one of the most popular choices again this year, said Fèis Latharna treasurer Ewan MacDonald.

The Easter fèis in Oban is one of the largest in the country and, if it continues to grow due to demand, it might have to look at moving to a bigger venue next year.

Out of the 200 youngsters, 24 of them were aged three to four, having fun enjoying Gaelic games, dancing and singing. Last year, five- to seven-year-olds were new.

In all, there were 34 tutors, may of who came through the fèis themselves, and an army of volunteer helpers, including parent volunteers.

‘It’s been a fantastic success. We’ve got lots of kids back who come every year. We’ve also had some travel from the islands and the central belt to join us, some turn it into a whole family holiday,’ said Ewan.

‘Thanks to our funders, our voluntary committee members and parents who came along and helped – that made it all possible,’ he added.

Other events in the week included a session night at The View, a family ceilidh and then Friday’s big concert for family, friends and supporters.

Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Argyll and Bute Council and Fèisan nan Gàidheal were the main sponsors.

Every Saturday, a group fèis event takes place during school term time at Glencruitten Church Centre from 10am until 1pm.